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  • Graduate Student/Postdoc Reading Community

Graduate Student Postdoc Reading Community Fall 2022


Dr. Meg Gregory

This is a recurring event. See all events.
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • TBD

Event Description

Join fellow advanced graduate students, postdocs, and CTL staff for sustained cross-disciplinary conversation on critical topics in teaching and learning.

The GSPD Reading Community discussions in Fall 2022 will involve chapters from Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert’s recent book, Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College. In this book, Felton and Lambert argue that “peer-to-peer, student-faculty, and student-staff relationships are the foundations of learning, belonging, and achieving in college” (5). Drawing on existing scholarship on student-instructor interactions and mentorship, as well as on more than 100 interviews with faculty, staff, and undergraduate students from across the country, Felten and Lambert explore the potential powerful promise of and challenges in establishing relationship-rich undergraduate education.

Participants are required to attend 5 of 6 meetings. Participants who are local and can pick up their book at WashU will receive a copy of the book courtesy of the CTL. Seats are limited. The plan is for this program to operate under a hybrid model this fall, with attendance possible in person or via Zoom. More information on format to follow.

Meetings will be from 3-4pm on the following Tuesdays:

Discussion Schedule:
Sept 20 Introduction and Chapter 1: Considers some general principles of relationship-rich education
Oct 4 Chapter 2: Highlights difficulties of creating and sustaining relationship-rich education
Oct 18 Chapter 3: Examines the importance of institutional culture for establishing relationship-rich experiences
Nov 1 Chapter 4: Surveys classroom practices that support relationship-building
Nov 15 Chapter 5: Details a diverse array of campus programs and services that support relationship-building
Nov 29 Chapter 6: Describes key qualities of effective mentoring interactions

For questions about the GSPD Reading Community, please contact Dr. Meg Gregory at meggregory@wustl.edu.